Symbolism And Allegory Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The House Of The Seven Gables

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Nathaniel Hawthorne is well known for using symbolism and allegory in his works to present different themes relating to human nature and human psychology. Not only is Hawthorne well known for his symbolism, but he is also known for the powerful imagery he uses in his writings, as is expected considering Hawthorne wrote at a time when printing technology had not advanced enough to reproduce photographs in books with ease (“Hawthorne Writing Style”). This essay will focus on the various aspects of symbolism that Hawthorne uses in his book The House of the Seven Gables.
The first and biggest symbol that the reader comes across in this book is the House of the Seven Gables itself. Being introduced in the very first chapter of this story, it’s important to understand the background behind the house to understand what it may actually symbolize. The reader comes to understand that the house was only built because Colonel Pyncheon had accused Old Matthew Maule of being a wizard, which resulted in Maule’s execution. Right away it becomes evident that the house represents the Pyncheon family as a whole. Colonel Pyncheons’ intent was to erect a family mansion; calculated to endure for many generations of his posterity over the spot first covered by the log-built hut of Matthew Maule (Hawthorne). When the house was first built it was extravagant and modern, but as the first chapter progresses and the history of each descendent of Colonel Pyncheon is told, we can see that the house…

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